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    The Russian Orthodox Church hopes for good relations with the Roman Catholic Church under Pope Francis I. Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Department of External Relations, Thursday hailed the new pope as “a true follower of Christ.” The Metropolitan will head the Russian delegation at the pope’s enthroning on March the 19th. Relations have been tensefor nearly 1,000 years between the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity since the Great Schism of 1054. In 2011, the then Archbishop Hilarion urged the Vatican to show further signs of readiness to resolve their differences. He suggested that an unprecedented meeting between the pope and Patriarch Kirill of the Orthodox Church would help to unify Christians around the world. Hilarion said Pope Benedict XVI - who resigned in February and is now pope emeritus - helped to improve relations and showed "more sensitivity to the Orthodox tradition than his predecessor.” Pope resigns - implications for Russian Orthodox Church

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